The Free Music Archive, a long-running Creative Commons music library, is running its first-ever fundraising drive. The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the digital age. The website has not seen significant changes since its launch, and is need of upgrades to make it easier to use.
With a goal set at $50,000, the campaign runs from mid-November until mid-December 2015, and is offering donors shirts and stickers at various pledge levels. The Free Music Archive has existed for many years and has provided millions of users with free, curated, ‘some rights reserved’ audio tracks.
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Specifically, FMA plans to make the in-page player more up-to-date; to enhance search and allow users to browse by artists and albums, not just tracks; to support a wider variety of audio formats (the site currently only accepts MP3 files); and to release a new version of the FMA API.
“The fundraiser will hopefully put us on more even footing with bigger streaming and downloading sites,” said Cheyenne Hohman, the Free Music Archive’s managing Director. “Our developer is part-time right now, and this campaign will help us bring him on full-time to make these changes a reality. We’re really excited about it!”
All proceeds will benefit the FMA as it rolls out these improvements. Currently, the FMA hosts more than 90,000 audio recordings, including sets from music festivals, venues, radio stations and from around the world.
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